Council is continuing to implement a series of traffic
management measures for the River Road West/Bridge Street/Penrose Street route.
The measures, including the recent addition of a pedestrian refuge island, are
part of a road safety scheme designed to help slow vehicles down and reduce the
high number of vehicle accidents that occur along this route. The area has seen
a high number of traffic incidents including almost 200 accidents across the
five year period from 1999-2004.
Further information about the significant history of the road
safety scheme can be found below. This includes Council's initiation of the
scheme following a petition by local residents with over 500 signatories.
Penrose/Best Street Roundabout
Road safety on River Road West, Bridge Street & Penrose Street has been a longstanding concern of Council and the community for over 10 years. There have been over 60 reported crashes between Austin Street and Burns Bay Road since 2007, some of them a result of excessive speed. To address this issue, Council developed the River Road West Safety Scheme – a package of traffic management measures aimed at reducing traffic speeds and improving safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
Included in the River Road West Safety Scheme is the proposal to construct a new roundaboutat the intersection of Penrose Street and Best Street. The proposed scheme would improve the safety of right-turn movements at the intersection; act as a traffic calming device on Penrose Street; provide a u-turn facility; and provide safer crossing locations for pedestrians.
In May 2014 Council undertook a consultation exercise to inform the decision to progress the scheme.
Although 50% of respondents stated their full support of the scheme, a significant proportion also completely objected it. Council believes that many of the issues raised by objectors could be addressed through design amendments to the proposed design and upgrades to adjacent intersections (including the RMS upgrade of the Penrose Street / Burns Bay Road intersection).
Council will now consider revisions to the scheme and monitor the implementation of upgrades within the vicinity before revisiting the proposed roundabout measure.
Further details on the consultation results are provided in the Summary of Consultation document.